FROM Mark Lopez
The Port of Los Angeles' Pollution Problem Ten years ago, the Port of Los Angeles signed a court-ordered agreement to reduce air pollution at a massive new terminal. Ships tied at the dock were supposed to turn off their diesel engines and plug in to onshore electricity. Trucks taking cargo up the Alameda Corridor were required to use natural gas. But Mayor Antonio Villaraigosa told Port Director Geraldine Knatz to be "flexible," and she was -- with an important customer, China Shipping. The new rules were not put into effect. Last year, Mayor Eric Garcetti appointed Gene Seroka the new port director, and he's in charge of setting things right.
Mixed Messages from US diplomats on the new hard line on Syria Since President Trump's surprise retaliation against Syria's use of chemical weapons, Bashar al-Assad has used the same airport to launch conventional attacks on his own people. It's not clear what the US, its allies — or Vladimir Putin's Russia -- plan to do now.
Trump's ethical conflicts pile up as transparency diminishes President Trump's refusal to reveal his income tax returns is just one example of a lack of transparency that could be hiding conflicts of interest. Other conflicts are already obvious from his appointments. And he's being sued for using his job to increase his profits.